Sam Allardyce says this is how he earned respect of Sunderland fans

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The Black Cats boss believes his emphasis on doing things the right way on the pitch endeared him to supporters this season.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told reporters, as quoted by the club's website, that his emphasis on entertaining fans as well as getting the results to turn the side's season around has earned him the respect of the supporters.

After a woeful first half of the season in which the Black Cats lost 13 and won just three of their first 19 matches, Allardyce led the side to a second-half revival.

Since the start of 2016, the Wearside club have lost just four of 18 league fixtures, winning six, and a run of three wins and two draws from their last five has seen them surge to safety with a game to spare.

Since the turn of the year, Allardyce's side have managed to both grind out gritty draws and put in some entertaining displays such as the 3-1 and 4-2 wins over Aston Villa and Swansea City in January, the 2-1 victory over Manchester United, and the late comeback to draw 2-2 with Liverpool at Anfield.

In their last two matches they won a thrilling topsy-turvy encounter against defending champions Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday before cruising to a 3-0 win over Everton on Wednesday to secure survival.

Allardyce believes his ability to get priceless results as well as producing lively performances was key to him winning over the Stadium of Light faithful after his arrival.

The 61-year-old told reporters, as quoted by the club's website: "You have to earn [the fans'] respect and seeing us trying to do the right thing and trying to turn the season around via the players' performances on the field has earned their respect for me.

"They see that I've been trying to get the team to play the right way, to get the right results and ultimately to not just win but entertain them. I think the last two game have probably been the two most entertaining games of the entire season."

Allardyce's side can now enjoy a pressure-free final day of the season at Watford on Sunday before looking ahead to next season, when they will be desperate to avoid having to go through the stresses and strains of another relegation battle.

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